An evergreen is a tree or plant that doesn't shed its leaves in the winter, but stays green all year. A Christmas tree is an evergreen.

Even in the middle of winter, when so many trees in cold climates have bare branches, evergreens brighten up the landscape with vibrant green needles or leaves. Fir trees, holly bushes, and eucalyptus shrubs are all examples of evergreens. You can describe all of them using evergreen as an adjective as well: "I made the wreath using evergreen branches."

Definitions of evergreen

n a plant having foliage that persists and remains green throughout the year

evergreen plant
deciduous plant
a plant having foliage that is shed annually at the end of the growing season
Type of:
tracheophyte, vascular plant
green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms

adj (of plants and shrubs) bearing foliage throughout the year

cone-bearing, coniferous
of or relating to or part of trees or shrubs bearing cones and evergreen leaves
half-evergreen, semi-evergreen
of a plant that is incompletely evergreen
(of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season
broad-leafed, broad-leaved, broadleaf
having relatively broad rather than needlelike or scalelike leaves
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